Sunday, November 14, 2010

Internet + Books = Community

or: The Pegasus Release Celebration was a rousing success!

People worry about the potential of the internet to isolate and socially stunt us, but here's proof that it also brings us together and creates friendships.

I posted my PRC announcement on Robin McKinley's blog and also invited people I know in Vancouver who like YA fantasy, and we ended up with seven people crowded around a table at Aphrodite's Pie Company. (Three had never read McKinley, so I count them as new converts!) We had writers, editors, a musician, a web designer, a doll maker, and someone who makes kids book apps for iPhones. Half the table got into a rousing conversation about favourite tenors, we all recommended books to each other, and we had a great discussion about the creative process and how it differs from music to writing. Oh, and we ate pie!

Then someone mentioned a place called Cocoa Nymph that was just a few blocks away, and everyone felt we needed to make a pilgrimage.

You can see why.

It's even a real piano!
Here we got to know each other a little better and discovered some interesting synergies. Some of us may end up working with each other on different collaborative projects. You never know what might happen when you show up for something like this!

The end of the afternoon was entirely predictable, since White Dwarf Books (all sci fi/fantasy) was a few doors down from Cocoa Nymph. We all felt good about supporting local independent bookstores, chocolate shops and pie places, and we parted with a firm commitment to meet again soon!


  1. Kim, thanks so very much for putting this outing together. As one of the previously unconverted I thank you for introducing me to Robin McKinley's work. I am now in possession of her book, Sunshine, and am looking forward to reading it.

    I had a blast on Saturday and look forward to more pie. :)

  2. And I picked up Beauty today :) Thanks for a great afternoon.

  3. Sunshine was my first Robin McKinley book as well. Absolutely brilliant, totally engrossing. And my copy of Pegasus arrived on the day I finished Sunshine, perfect timing!

  4. I'll be interested to know what you think of Pegasus: it's very different from Sunshine! But still the same theme of a young person discovering talents she never knew she had and then saving the world with them (at least, I hope Sylvie saves the world!) I also strongly recommend The Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown, which have the same fairy-tale sensibiilty as Pegasus (could almost be set in the same world, but I think not).

  5. I absolutely loved them both. I'm not (or wasn't) a reader of fantasy (LOTR excepted) so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Sunshine, in a world and with people familiar to mine, but oh so different - and drawn in such detail, totally believable. And Pegasus, more akin to what I understood fantasy to be (as you say, more like a fairy tale), but again, I was totally immersed in the world Robin portrayed. Eagerly awaiting Peg II, and hoping(!) for a continuation of Sunshine!

  6. Welcome to the world of YA fantasy--in my opinion so much better than most fantasy for adults. And yeah, we're all wanting more of Sunshine's world, but she's pretty firmly said there won't be any more. At least, not for the foreseeable future!